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Floods in our Worcester Community

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Floods in our Worcester Community Drying Equipment placed for storm water damage to concrete flooring.

Flooding can cause catastrophic damage, however, SERVPRO of South Worcester can help restore residential and commercial properties. Often water damage restoration can be complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable staff. SERVPRO of South Worcester can restore a small water cleanup or a large scale situation. SERVPRO will work quickly to access the situation and make it “Like it never even happened.” At SERVPRO we understand that you need to have your home or business fully functioning. When an emergency situation arises, give us a call and we will be there fast with all the help you need.

SERVPRO of South Worcester specializes in restoration and cleanup of residential and commercial property after a water damage event. Please call us at 508-757-7885 and we will be happy to answer any questions.

Dishwasher Overflow Caused Water Damage to Worcester home

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dishwasher Overflow Caused Water Damage to Worcester home Overflown Dishwasher in Worcester

We depend on our appliances every day therefore it is very important that they are setup properly. Most of our appliances use water to work and perform their function. If your appliance hose cracks open or loosens it can cause hundreds of gallons of water to cover your floors in water. If this happens you need to call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Worcester to extract all the standing water and then make sure your property is thoroughly dried. At SERVPRO, our technicians are dedicated professionals that are highly trained and are capable of doing quality work to meet your high standards. SERVPRO of South Worcester is available 24/7 for water, fire and mold emergencies and is independently owned and operated. For any questions call SERVPRO at 508-757-7885.

Cleaning Worcester's Commercial Properties!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Worcester's Commercial Properties! Clean Office

Owning a business is a lot of hard work that never seems to end. Most business owners do not have time to worry about every day wear and tear that soils their office. When odor, dirt and grime goes beyond what your janitorial staff can handle, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of South Worcester for prompt service. SERVPRO has the experience, training and equipment to complete the job right the first time. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of South Worcester to make your workspace look fresh and presentable. SERVPRO can also provide specialty cleaning services for your commercial property. Our cleaning services include:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Wood Floors
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Call SERVPRO of South Worcester today! (508)757-7885.

Ready to Service your Commercial Facility!

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Ready to Service your Commercial Facility! We offer many services for your commercial facility starting with carpet cleanings to complete rebuild services! Call SERVPRO of South Worcester!

SERVPRO of South Worcester is always ready to respond quickly to your business and help with all your restoration needs. At SERVPRO of South Worcester we understand that your business needs to be open and disruption can cause loss of revenue. Your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. When you need restoration or cleaning services SERVPRO be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our SERVPRO crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques. SERVPRO of South Worcester is independently owned and operated and is available for 24/7 emergency services. Any questions, please contact us at 508-757-7885.

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Offices
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Churches
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Retail stores
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Flood Preparation Steps in Cherry Valley

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Taking Time to Prepare for a Possible Disaster can Pay off During a Storm

Among the most costly and frequent natural disasters, floods often occur after a hurricane or many days of sustained rain. Flash floods happen suddenly from water rapidly rising in a low-lying area or stream. You need to learn ahead of time what to do to keep your family safe. You need to know of a reputable flood damage remediation company as well who can help you afterward, such as SERVPRO. 

Preparing in Advance 
Be sure you and your Cherry Valley home are ready for a flood in advance. You’ll be able to keep you and your family safe, and perhaps lessen the amount of flood damage that your home sustains.  Put together an emergency preparedness kit and make an evacuation plan which includes any pets. Keep informed about your community’s response plans and risk for flooding. 

Remember that standard homeowner's insurance policies will not cover flooding, but flood insurance does. SERVPRO can work with you and your insurance company after the flood to make sure you get the compensation you need for repairs. 

Right Before the Flood 
Have a battery operated radio you can use to listen to the local area station for the latest updates and information? Be ready to evacuate fast, and know what your routes and destinations are. Find a local emergency shelter where you can all go. 

Check your emergency kit and any items that are in short supply or missing need to be replenished. Medical supplies and medications are of particular importance. Keep the kit nearby and accessible. 

Staying Safe Indoors During a Flood 
First turn off water mains and power if you are instructed to by local authorities. Boil tap water until water sources are deemed safe and avoid contact with floodwater. It can be contaminated with sewage, or contain dangerous animals or insects. 

Keep listening to the radio for the latest information and any updates. Do not use electrical appliances which are flooded or any gas. Throw away any food that has come into contact with flood waters. 

Staying Safe Outdoors During a Flood 
Do not walk, drive or swim through floodwaters. A mere six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you down, and two feet will float a car. If you are stuck on a road where water is rapidly rising, quickly get out of the car and get to higher ground. Do not walk on river banks or beaches and don’t let your children play near flood water. 

Do not come into contact with the floodwater and stay out of areas subject to flooding. Underpasses, low spots, dips, washes, canyons, etc. can quickly become filled with water. 

Recovery 
Let family and friends know you are safe and register yourself on the Safe and Well website. If you have been evacuated, only return when authorities say it is safe. 

As soon as you can, contact a SERVPRO technician for help so they can come out to your property quickly, assess the damage and create a plan for remediation. They have professional equipment to remove the standing water and dry your home and possessions out. Dehumidifiers and dryers, plus protective gear are just some of the things the technician will bring. 

SERVPRO of South Worcester has someone standing by at all times to take your call. When your home suffers flood damage, don’t hesitate to contact us at (508) 757-7885. 

Water Damage in Worcester facilities

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Worcester facilities Water damage in Worcester facilities

Water from storms can easily leak into a business or home damaging flooring, carpet and walls causing structural damage. The SERVPRO professionals of South Worcester understand how disruptive this can be to your business. Water can not only be disruptive to a facility, can also affect daily production and possibly closing the business for days or even weeks.

Time is of the essence in the restoration process. SERVPRO of South Worcester will quickly respond to your emergency to make sure the restoration is started promptly. Quick response time will minimize the amount of damage and reduce the cost of insurance claims and interruption of business. Proper water mitigation will also reduce the chance of mold from forming. Mold can cause serious health issues if it is not addressed early. Our SERVPRO professionals have the training and experience to find water early and remove it quickly. SERVPRO of South Worcester has the equipment and resources to give excellent results while minimizing disruption to your clients. SERVPRO can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Worcester in it's Flood Season is no Match for SERVPRO

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Worcester in it's Flood Season is no Match for SERVPRO Flooded Street

One of the most common natural disaster in the United States is flooding. There is always the potential for flooding no matter where you live. Massachusetts is no exception. Pictured is a Worcester street that was flooded by a powerful storm. Many people were caught by surprise and their homes and businesses were severely damaged by the powerful flood waters.  

By knowing that flooding can be devastating and potentially dangerous, it is important to always be prepared. Being prepared will help you keep your employees and family safe. By taking the proper precautions to prevent damages to your home and business is always a good idea. At SERVPRO of South Worcester we can help you be prepared by providing your business with an Emergency Ready Profile.

According to industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never open after a disaster. By having a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile will help minimize business interruption. The profile has critical information that will speed up mitigation services. There is no cost and you are provided a detailed profile document that will help your business recover quickly.

By contacting SERVPRO they can help give you ideas of how to plan ahead and provide you with the services you deserve to save your business. Remember that remaining safe during an emergency is of primary importance. SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience dealing with man-made and natural disasters.

Please call SERVPRO of South Worcester at (508) 757-7885 for more information on our Emergency Ready Profile.

Understanding Types of Water

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

• Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.

• Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.

• Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.

• Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.

• Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.

• Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.

• Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.

• Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

• Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.

• Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.

• Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

• Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.

• Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO® of South Worcester (508)757-7885.

Document Drying Could Save What is Important to You

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

When you experience a flood at your home or place of business, you can't afford to lose important documents or paper goods to water damage. Using state of the art technology, SERVPRO is well equipped to properly dry and recover paper goods ranging from paper files to books to x-rays and photos.

Why use SERVPRO for document restoration?

The SERVPRO document restoration facility uses the latest vacuum free-drying method in addition to gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing. The facility is under 24-hour surveillance and is managed by HIPAA Master-certified technicians to ensure proper safety and privacy of your documents. The SERVPRO document restoration team has the capacity to handle large scale commercial losses and smaller residential jobs.

Are there other services than just document drying?

Yes, there are! In addition to drying your documents, SERVPRO also offers cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization. No matter your document restoration needs, SERVPRO of South Worcester  is "Here to Help"!

There's no time to waste! Call SERVPRO of South Worcester today at (508) 757-7885

Necessary Steps Towards Fire Restoration

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Necessary Steps Towards Fire Restoration

One of the most unexpected events is when a fire breaks out. The fire damage that occurs may be minor or significant depending on how severe the fire is. It is during this period that one needs to call for assistance from a restoration company to come and help with the Fire Damage Restoration Process. They deal with both smoke damage and soot damage amongst others.

Fire in homes or fire in businesses all require a restoration company that helps contain the soot damage and smoke damage. Commercial Fire Damage could be hazardous both physically and financially. Hence, there is a need to contact a company that deals with fire damage to help in restoring back the business. Every second that passes determines the amount of money one loses in a commercial fire damage.

A restoration company helps in the fire cleanup which ensures that soot damage and smoke damage are contained because of fire in business. Sometimes, the companies will even board up damaged windows to prevent further spread of the smoke smell.

For somebody experiencing a fire in homes or fire in business, it is important to contact an emergency restoration company that acts promptly to one’s call for help. The fire damage restoration involves a few steps towards a major fire cleanup. Discussed below is the basic procedure for dealing with commercial fire damage or home fire damage.

1. Contact the Company

Once a fire breaks out, the first instinct is to call a company that will be able to take care of the fire damage restoration. Call one that deals with emergency services and is available 24hrs and is on speed dial. Companies that operate all day are able to reach the designated place with ease and faster.

2. Fire Damage Analysis

Upon arrival, whether it is a fire in home or fire in business, the company will fully assess to determine how much fire damage is evident and if there is still smoke smell. All this helps the firm strategize on what measures they should take to do a fire cleanup. The fire damage restoration process is quite involving and needs a company that can deliver and identify the soot damage and smoke damage caused by the fire.

3. Board up

Board up is a crucial aspect when dealing with the fire cleanup process. Most times, fire damage affects the walls, ceiling, and windows. Hence, the firm needs first to board up all damaged windows to avoid further damage before they continue the fire cleanup process.

4. Smoke and Soot Removal

Smoke damage and soot damage may cause the ceilings and chimneys to darken. Hence, the firm has a laid out procedure on what materials to use during a fire in business and fire in homes. The smoke smell that comes with the fire may cause difficulty in breathing, and it’s important during the whole fire cleanup procedure, that asthmatic people stay away from the affected site.

5. Clean Up

After using the necessary equipment for the soot removal, the cleaning process begins which is geared towards eradicating the smoke smell. An experienced company will clean the whole area regardless of if it is a commercial fire damage or otherwise. It helps in making the area odorless. Different machines are used to ensure the place has no trace or sign of a fire. Vacuum cleaners and air scrubbers come in handy when ensuring that they clean up the affected rooms. During the cleanup, they ensure they board up the windows to reduce chances of more damage happening.

6. Back to Normal

The last step through this whole process is ensuring that there is renovation done on the damaged area. The board up done before the cleanup, in this case, has to have windows installed or repaired, while walls are repainted among other restructurings.
The restoration process is quite important for every person affected by a fire. It is not something that one can do it themselves but rather, a restoration company covers all aspects of the fire. Companies take homeowners through some primary prevention measures to avoid some minor fires.